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Aquatic Invasive Species Contacts

Rainbow Smelt - Whitefish (Bardon) Lake

Status
Verified
Date First Found
1/1/1977


About Rainbow Smelt

Rainbow smelt is a very small (7 to 9 inches long, weighing 3 ounces) invasive fish. They are silvery overall with a pale green back and iridescent purple, blue and pink on their sides. They have a conspicuous silvery streak running lengthwise along each side. In the water, rainbow smelt shimmer colorfully. When removed from the water, however, they quickly fade to a silvery white and give off the odor of cucumbers.